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Indians sweep Topeka High to close regular season

By Joel Jellison

The Manhattan High baseball team closed the regular season by sweeping Topeka High on the road on Thursday, 12-1 and 6-1.

The Indians opened the first game with a 12-1 win, while Trey Francis took the win on the mound. Francis pitched four innings, while Chris Klug threw two innings.

MHS (16-4) coach Don Hess said the MHS pitchers did a good job of keeping the Trojans at bay, allowing just three hits.

“Both of them came in and threw the ball over the plate and gave us a chance to score and threw very well,” he said.

Taylor Hilgers had a bases-loaded double to score three runs, while Chris Turner had a three-run double. Francis had two hits and two doubles, while Josh Mullin was 1-for-1 with three walks. Josh Klug had two hits in the game.

TJ Giller started Game 2 and pitched three innings before Hess said they pulled him so he didn’t tire too much before next week’s regional games.

Chris Klug came in and pitched the final four innings and took the win, giving him six total innings pitched in the two games. Klug and Giller allowed just two hits.

“(Chris) did a good job,” Hess said. “He threw the ball over the plate and gave our defense a chance to work and really threw well.”

Brooks DeBord had three hits and a triple for the Indians, while Brooks Lindsay had three hits, two RBIs and two doubles. Chad Fiser had three hits.

Hess said he thought the team did OK at times at the plate.

“We seem to be somewhat streaky,” he said. “Hitting is contagious so if we have a couple guys get hot, everyone else seems to jump on. We are going up there and swinging at it and hopefully good days are ahead.”

Going into the doubleheader, Hess said he hoped they wouldn’t have to use too many pitchers before next week’s regional game. The Indians used just three as their starting pitchers pitched just seven of the 13 innings played.

“There were some guys we needed to see throw, so that part we felt really good about,” he said. “Pitching wasn’t a concern at all, we threw the ball over the plate and made the routine plays and took care of business effectively.”

The Indians will host a regional tournament next week at Norvell Field, and Hess said he expected the tournament to be played on Wednesday.

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